Government Attempts To Widen Access To The Medical Profession Are Failing, Says New British Medical Association Report
There is no real evidence that attempts by ministers to encourage students from low income families into medicine have had a significant impact, a new BMA report said. The findings are contained in the BMA's Equality and diversity in UK medical schools report which takes a wide ranging look at the profile of the UK's 40, 000 medical students. It contains an analysis of the latest figures (2008) on successful applications to UK medical schools from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Key findings from the report include: - Only around one in seven successful applicants are from the lowest economic groups, despite them making up just under half of the UK population.
The NPHS influenza surveillance scheme, which records reports of diagnoses of flu from more than 300 GP practices across Wales, shows that the rate of influenza consultation is decreasing. Further detail can be found on the NPHS website. The report from 10 December estimates there were 26.3 cases of a flu-like illness diagnosed by GPs out of every 100, 000 people in Wales - this is the equivalent of 789 people in Wales contacting their GPs in the last seven days with flu like symptoms. Not all of these people will have swine flu and not everyone with flu like symptoms will contact their GP. The report also shows levels of influenza activity in each county of Wales.
Physicians working during a pandemic in Canada need to understand their legal rights and duties to avoid lawsuits and to safeguard their own health, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). While physicians have a duty to care for their patients, each province has legislation that outlines the government's powers during an emergency. This legislation authorizes or in some provinces requires doctors to provide care they are reasonably qualified to deliver if a state of emergency is declared during a pandemic. Doctors should be aware, both for themselves and for their staff, of criteria for refusing to work, workplace hazard issues and ethical duties to care for patients.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has elected Raymond W. Montgomery II, FACHE, President and CEO of White County Medical Center in Searcy, Ark. to its Board of Trustees for a term beginning January 1, 2010. The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances. Prior to becoming president and CEO, a position he has held since 1992, Montgomery was chief operation officer of the hospital. Before joining White County Medical Center in 1988, Montgomery served two years as director of strategic planning and marketing at St. Elizabeth Hospital, in Beaumont, Texas.
Reacting to the NHS Operating Framework 2010/11 published, Anna Dixon, director of policy at The King's Fund, said: 'The Operating Framework sends a strong message to the NHS about the scale of the financial challenge ahead and the action that needs to be taken now. Specific priorities for the service remain the same as last year - reducing healthcare-acquired infections and maintaining target waiting times - but the efficiency and productivity requirements appear greater than ever. 'Although next year is the last year that the NHS can expect any growth in resources, the requirements to carry forward Â 1 billion of surplus, to spend 2 per cent of budget on non-recurrent activities each year, and to take responsibility for funding ophthalmology, dentistry and pharmacy through efficiencies, will not leave PCTs much room for manoeuvre.
"Efforts to force the public hospital [in Atlanta, Ga.] to continue providing free dialysis treatment to a group of immigrants, most of them illegal, suffered a setback on Tuesday when a judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the recent closing of the hospital's outpatient renal clinic, " The New York Times reports. "A lawyer for the roughly 50 patients said he would appeal. But the ruling for Grady Memorial Hospital brings the patients closer to a Jan. 3 deadline for finding new sources of the life-sustaining dialysis treatment." The hospital, which provides charity care regardless of immigration status, "closed the clinic for fiscal reasons in early October" and "agreed to pay for three months of dialysis for the patients at private clinics, either in the United States or in their home countries.